Nose: this only confirms how good this spirit is, whatever the strength. This combination of baked apple, plum jam, vanilla, furniture polish and toasted wood is simply delicious. Maybe there’s a tad more prune/red berry aroma than in the standard edition, a tad more sherry if you like. Is that Kiwi in the background? Anyway the old-school dusty/earthy notes, mint and leather are still present.
Mouth: fairly dry, quite spicy and even more old-school. Library dust, pepper, light earthy peat smoke, hints of cough syrup and linseed oil. Becomes rounder as it shows hints of chocolate bars with banana filling and toffee. Finish: long, still smoky with echoes of sherry and chocolate.
Great to see its profile is very similar to that the original 10 Year Old. The added strength makes it seem slightly drier.